That President Barack Obama offered a hand written response on official White House stationery to a fifth-grade teacher was unexpected.
Even more surprising was that he parroted the term “tea bagger” in his reply, teacher Thomas J. Ritter reported.
Ritter, a teacher in Irving, Texas, wrote to Obama expressing his dismay over the Affordable Health Care Act, according to the New York Post. Ritter told Obama that “this bill has caused such a divisive, derisive and toxic environment … The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed.”
“I hesitated to write for fear of some kind of retribution . . . I watched you make fun of tea baggers and your press secretary make fun of Ms. [Sarah] Palin which was especially beneath the dignity of the White House . . . Do the right thing not the political thing. Suggest a bill that Americans can support.”
“I . . . appreciate your concern about the toxic political environment right now,” Obama responded. “I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of tea baggers… [I] defend strongly the right of everyone to speak their mind — including those who call me ‘socialist’ or worse.”
There are different theories as to why the president would parrot “tea bagger,” but suffice it to say this is sure to be the first time the vile sexual term has ever graced White House stationary.
Ritter is putting the letter up for auction for a reserve price of $24,000.
“I am selling the letter because I am just so disappointed, and this ObamaCare bill is wrong,” Ritter told the NY Post. “The president told me what he thought I wanted to hear. The letter is just words on a paper. It doesn’t mean anything to me because Obama doesn’t mean any of it.”
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